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Success Is Never Owned and Rent Is Due Everyday

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I coached the basketball team at the University of St. Francis for 34 years. In December of 1987 we went to the west coast to play the University of San Francisco. We were a small, liberal arts university in Joliet, Illinois. I would guess the players on that San Francisco team had never heard of us.

Although rare, it did happen that an NCAA Division I team would play a Division III or NAIA team. Without being said, the bigger school would get a WIN and the smaller school would receive a guarantee, a monetary stipend to offset their travel costs. 

We did accomplish the upset. We killed them as we beat them by one point! Although I have no idea why we won, I think there was a good reason for our victory. I believe the San Francisco players felt that they could show up, play the game, and get their win. It would be that simple.

“Whether You Think You Can Or Think You Can’t, You’re Right.” – Henry Ford

Better Than Us at Every Position

The San Francisco team had two 7 footers, a 6’8” power forward, two jet quick guards, and the last pick of the 1st round of that year’s NBA Draft. Our tallest player was 6’6” and there was no question but that they had better players than us at every position. However, we were a pretty solid team.

Their players knew they were better than us but they forgot success is never owned.They also felt they would not have to play very hard to beat a team most people had never heard of, but they forgot the rent is due everyday.

We got off to a good start and you could see that our players began to believe that we could play with these guys. We were up 2 points at half time. They came out the second half with much more determination and energy. They were playing especially hard the first 5 minutes of the half, but we equaled their mindset and gained more confidence as the game progressed.

“The Future Belongs To The Competent. Get Good, Get Better, Be The Best!” – Brian Tracy

The Life Lesson

The above lesson from athletics is also true in life. After experiencing success in any endeavor, you cannot rest on your laurels. How many successful businesses have failed because they forgot how they got there? Success can lead to arrogance and mental and physical laziness. Many organizations fail after they succeed because they think they own success and forget the rent is due everyday.

The bottom line is you never have it made; you must keep grinding and improving daily.

Pat Sullivan was a successful coach, teacher, and administrator in the Chicago area for 44 years – 10 years at the high school level and 34 at the collegiate level. His basketball teams won 602 games; he was named Coach-of-the-Year 11 times; and he has been inducted into 8 Halls of Fame. He has received Lifetime Achievement awards from Lewis University, the Joliet, Illinois, Chamber of Commerce, and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Pat has offered basketball clinics and camps in Austria, Ireland, Belgium, and Greece and has spoken at clinics throughout America for the USA Coaches Clinics. He has also spoken to business executives from IBM, Accenture, and Sun Microsystems, as well as the University of Notre Dame’s Play Like A Champion conference. He is the author of Attitude-The Cornerstone of Leadership and Team-Building: From the Bench to the Boardroom.

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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